In December, Jonathan Rosenberg e-mailed Marissa Mayer, asking if she was leaving Google? None of it, she assured Mr. Rosenberg, was true. And Ms. Mayer, who is Google Employee No. 20 and the company’s first female engineer, still says she isn’t leaving; she says she has gone out of her way to inform Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as the chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt, that she is staying put.
“It could not be further from the truth,” she says of gossip about her departure. “It made me realize that people don’t understand me.”